Can­non­vale driver cred­its his win to burn vic­tim

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING - By Kea­gan Ryan

CAN­NON­VALE driver Nick Lange has ded­i­cated his round 5 win of the Class C Aus­tralian Pro­duc­tion Tour­ing Car Se­ries to his for­mer co-driver Brock Gi­b­lin.

Lange and Syd­ney-based co-driver Colin Os­borne claimed the week­end’s event at Wake­field, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 96-points over the two 200km races.

Lange, who races with Os­borne Mo­tor­sport, said the emo­tional vic­tory was made all the more spe­cial see­ing Gi­b­lin on the side­line.

In July com­pet­ing at the Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park, Gi­b­lin’s car rolled and burst into flames, leav­ing him with burns to 65 per cent of his body

The 17-year-old was only re­leased from hos­pi­tal last Fri­day, just in time to see Lange roar to vic­tory.

“It was good to see him on the week­end, he was in good spir­its,” Lange said.

“I ded­i­cated that win to him, for him to be there and see us win was very emo­tional.”

The win’s mag­ni­tude was fur­ther am­pli­fied after the first race on Satur­day, which saw Lange and Os­borne be­hind the eight ball.

“Dur­ing the Satur­day race our left-hand front tyre let go. Un­for­tu­nately com­ing into the pits, the safety car was de- ployed due to de­bris on the track, so we were stuck be­hind that,” he said.

The duo man­aged to fin­ish third, but stuck to their guns on Sun­day by im­ple­ment­ing the same tac­tic that cost them ear­lier.

“We did the same pit strat­egy and ev­ery­thing went to plan,” he said.

“We man­aged to win with the pace we had, it was just un­for­tu­nate on Satur­day with how ev­ery­thing un­folded.”

Lange fin­ished the Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ers Cham­pi­onship fourth over­all with 324-points. Lange will fea­ture on SBS’s ‘Speed­week’ on Sun­day from 2pm.

EMO­TIONAL VIC­TORY: Can­non­vale pro­duc­tion car driver Nick Lange cred­ited the week­end's win to burn vic­tim and for­mer co-driver Brock Gi­b­lin.

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